“Grant stood by me when I was crazy . . .”

October 7, 1861/2011
Volume 2, Issue 42 (52 Issues Since 15 October 2010)

“Grant stood by me when I was crazy . . .”

October 8, 1861. Major Robert Anderson had become a hero in the North for his defense of Fort Sumter. After the surrender of the fort, he was sent on a recruiting tour in the North and then appointed Commander of the Department of the Cumberland, in Kentucky. However, Anderson suffered a mental breakdown, and on October 8 he retired from active duty. Because William Tecumseh Sherman was the senior brigadier general under Anderson, he succeeded Anderson.

However, shortly thereafter, Sherman suffered a mental breakdown as well, but he retained the confidence of his immediate superior officer, General Ulysses S. Grant. Sherman later recalled, “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk.”

Major Robert Anderson, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General Ulysses S. Grant

Major Robert Anderson, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General Ulysses S. Grant

SOURCE

The White Tecumseh, A Biography of General William T. Sherman, Stanley P. Hirshson, p. 97.

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